energy management

The Value of Energy Monitoring

The first step to take in the energy reduction journey is monitoring. The old saying is true: “you can’t control what you can’t measure”. We design a monitoring scheme that will reveal the critical issues early and allows ongoing monitoring to ensure everything is working as it should. The monitoring system can be designed to …

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Challenge Conventional Thinking

We thought it was a good time to be a little philosophical and reflect on the approach we take to energy master planning. “We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience” Edward de Bono Many years ago Edward De Bono explained that …

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Solar Contribution

The Australian Solar Council puts out regular bulletins on all things solar. Two recent releases caught our attention. They are both related. The first looks at the contribution solar energy makes to the grid during peak times and the second looks at its effect on electricity pricing. Here is an extract of the two articles. …

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Changes to Section J – 2013

Every year a new edition of the National Construction Code* (NCC) is issued on the 1st May. The new edition contains all the updates needed for the code across all sections. Since Section J was added in 2006, there have been amendments each year. Usually these have been minor with the exception of 2010 when …

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Improving your NABERS rating

It may come as a surprise to many that improving a building’s NABERS rating is not just about reducing energy use. It is about reducing emissions. Taking this into account changes thinking about which building upgrade to approve.   For example if you reduce electrical energy use by 20% you reduce emission by 20% also. …

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Energy Efficiency Funding Assistance

Energy Efficiency projects usually present a self evident business case. There is a capital expenditure (or more accurately a life cycle cost) followed by a flow of savings in recurrent expenditure over the life of the project. A range of projects will have different returns on investment related to the capital, time and savings involved. Invariably some of these will meet the business’ investment criteria. If that is the case why don’t more energy efficiency projects get built?

Section J – Alternative Solutions (JV3)

Achieving Section J Compliance on your existing building can be a prohibitively expensive exercise in cases where the standard solutions don\’t seem to fit the design. Could a Section J – Alternative Solution be the way forward for you?

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